• Publication date: May 21, 2013

Ghosts of Mars

In the matriarchal society of 2176, a group of cops led by squad leader Helena, are sent to to transport the most notorious criminal on Mars- James "Desolation" Williams. With Lt. Melanie Ballard as second-in-command, the tough Jericho Butler, rookie Bashira and soldier-of-fortune Descanso, the transport should be a walk in the park. Yet when Helena and her team arrive at Shining Canyon they discover that it’s become a ghost town with decapitated bodies hanging everywhere…

Program data

Duration: 120

Production Year: 2001

MBC Action:

February 17, 2015 00:30 (KSA) ~ February 16, 2015 23:30 (CLT)

In the matriarchal society of 2176, a group of cops led by squad leader Helena (Pam Grier), are sent to the remote mining colony of Shining Canyon to transport the most notorious criminal on Mars- James "Desolation" Williams (Ice Cube). With Lt. Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge) as second-in-command, the tough Jericho Butler (Jason Statham), rookie Bashira (Clea DuVall) and soldier-of-fortune Descanso (Liam Waite), the transport should be a walk in the park.

Yet when Helena and her team arrive at Shining Canyon they discover that it’s become a ghost town with decapitated bodies hanging everywhere. What they come to learn is that a certain Professor Whitlock (Joanna Cassidy) has exposed a once-hidden ancient relic along with her archaeological team. The relic unleashed the vengeful spirits of the demons of the warriors who once inhabited the planet, allowing them to posses the bodies of these human invaders in order to destroy them. Releasing "Desolation" and a number of his prison friends in order to strengthen their numbers, the squad realizes that they’re fighting an alien virus designed to kill the unwelcome intruders…

Once bashed as one of John Carpenter’s lesser productions, ‘Ghosts of Mars’ has gained a new cult following that see that the film makes total sense with the arc of Carpenter’s body of work. ‘Nuff said, now watch it.

Starring:

  • Ice Cube
  • Natasha Henstridge
  • Jason Statham
  • Pam Grier
  • Joanna Cassidy
  • Clea DuVall
  • Liam Waite
  • Robert Carradine

Directed by:  John Carpenter

Rating:  R for strong violence/gore, language and some drug content.